lime etymology

English word lime comes from Proto-Indo-European *lent-, Proto-Indo-European *līno-, and later Proto-Germanic *lindō (Linden tree.)

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Detailed word origin of lime

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*lent- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) bendsome, resilient
*līno- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*lindō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Linden tree.
linum Latin (lat) Flax. Linen cloth; garment made of linen. Net for hunting or fishing. Rope, line, string, thread, cord, cable. Sail. Wick of a lamp.
*līną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Flax.
lind Old English (ang) (poetic) shield (made from linden wood). Lime, linden.
*līnijǭ Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
lineus Latin (lat) Of flax or linen; flaxen.
līn Old English (ang)
lind English (eng) (obsolete) the lime tree, or linden tree.
linea Latin (lat) (geometry) A geometric line.. A boundary line.. A bowstring.. A fishing line.. A line of descent, a lineage.. A line of thought; an outline, a sketch.. A linen thread.. A plumbline.. Any line, thread, or string, particularly. The warp and weft during weaving. : flaxen.
line Old English (ang) Direction, rule. Line, rope, cable. Row, series.
līne Old English (ang)
lin Middle English (enm)
lyne Middle English (enm) Linden.
line English (eng) (transitive, now, rare, of a dog) to copulate with, to impregnate. (obsolete) Flax; linen, particularly the longer fiber of flax. (transitive) To cover the inner surface of (something), originally especially with linen.. (transitive) To fill or supply (something), as a purse with money.. To reinforce (the back of a book) with glue and glued scrap material such as fabric or paper. (baseball, [...]
lime English (eng) A deciduous tree of the genus Tilia, especially Tilia × europaea; the linden tree, or its wood.

Words with the same origin as lime

Descendants of *lent-
airline borderline coastline headline hotline lifeline linden line offline online outline pipeline timeline
Descendants of *līno-
lineage linen lineup lingerie